Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has revealed that the university is spending $6 million -- of which only $2 million is expected to be paid in gifts -- on a new promenade, Syracuse.com reported. The beautification project (drawing at right) has been controversial with faculty members and others who have questioned why millions should be spent in this way at a time when programs many on campus consider vital are being cut. Syverud said that part of the project included necessary utility and sewer repairs that would have been made regardless. Up until now, while faculty critics have speculated that the spending on the promenade could reach $6 million, the university has questioned that figure.
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